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Turkey's Continuing Dilemma - Getting No Respect - Internally or Externally

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jun 26, 2012 at 19:28

Let us first dispense with the inference that an act of provocation by a person or persons on the Mavi Marmara against all boarders should not so easily be called murder; for if murder were the intention of the defenders of Israeli sovereignty, none would have survived to tell the tale- and a tale it is.

But what we have here is the continued perspective of a poor little Turkey that cannot seem to get any respect, not from its leaders towards its people, not from a European consortium that has evidence that Turkey is no longer trustworthy for a variety of reasons and any attempt to cozy up to the eastern powers is met with the resistance for obvious reasons we can see in the relations Turkey has with its nearest neighbor.

While Israel is not likely to be in desperate fear of Turkey, neither are they so foolish to think they can regain any sense of an alliance like there once was-Turkey has made sure about that with the belligerence now being demonstrated. If the people are not satisfied, then the electorate has only themselves to blame, just as it is in America.

But Israel is already full of the 'revenge' other nations try to lay at her feet; they get 'rocket messages' every day it seems like-does Turkey want to trade those missiles with Israel too? Try the blockade busting again and your might get your answer sooner than you think. Turkey's problem is its self image, one they lost from the time of the Ottoman's; one that will be very hard to get back when it comes down to it.

Turkey and its predecessors have always been at the crossroads-but since the time of the seven churches and the later Muslim conquest, it has been very difficult to see how Turkey will ever get back what it lost because no one can seem to agree what it is they are looking for.

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